Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage


Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Here’s your chance to hear from authors, illustrators, and creators of the hottest games and graphic novels. Learn more about the art of graphic novels and illustration, how games and gaming inspire creativity and social engagement, and how comics in the library and in the classroom can help you inspire and reach reluctant readers. Supplement your Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage experiences with visits to the Graphic Novel & Gaming Pavilion, the Zine Pavilion, and Artist Alley, also on the Exhibit Floor.

Time Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
9:00-10:00am   Mayfair Games T-Publications Get Ready for Banned Books Week
10:00-11:00am   Teachng With Comics Nathan Hale Author/Illustrator Panel
11:00-12:00pm   Zine Presentation
12:00-1:00pm   Will Eisner Awards Reading With Pictures Comics Bakery
1:00-2:00pm   Alf Seegert Anya Ulinich
2:00-3:00pm   Stacey King & Erik Ko- Manga Jesse Moynihan
3:00-4:00pm   Frank Cammuso Panel: Brian Buccellato, Fancis Manapul, Peter Tomasi, and Patrick Gleason
4:00-5:00pm 5:30-7:00pm Comics Quickfire! Nick Dragotta Cosmo Eisele & Pierce Watters








Comics Quickfire!

A fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! 

Audience members will provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Featuring Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Raina Telgemeier (Smile)

Mayfair Games

Mayfair Games, award winning publisher of the Settlers of Catan series of games, will speak about the importance of after school programs and game leagues, using board games to promote social gaming among adolescents and teens. We look forward to meeting you at the show and discussing the ways in which games can assist libraries around the nation in their important work developing and molding the minds of America’s youth.

Matt DembickiTeaching with Comics -- Featuring Matt Dembicki, Jason Rodriguez, Joel Gill, and Moderated by John

A panel discussion with three graphic illustrators and writers exploring the benefits of teaching with comics. The panelists have published books about history, culture and nature, all of which have been successful teaching and learning tools in the classroom and in libraries.

Jason Rodriguez

Joel Christian Gill

Zine Presentation

Lights! Cameras! Zines! Join zinesters from the Zine Pavilion as they read from their amazing and personal works. Hear stories from the heart that entertain, make you laugh or cry, or inspire you to create your own zine! Zinesters will also be available for further discussion at the Zine Pavilion.

Kelsey Smith, librarian and sporadic zine author from Olympia, Washington, will serve as emcee for the following superstars… 

Alex Wrekk - has been creating the zine Brainscan since 1997 and is the author of the DIY zine resource book Stolen Sharpie Revolution. Alex lives in Portland, Oregon and is a founder and continued organizer of the Portland Zine Symposium. She hosts Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast, maintains zine resource listings at, organizes July Is International Zine Month, an runs the online and brick and mortar shop of Portland Button Works and zine distro. Alex also sings for the international zine themed band, the Copy Scams. 

Jonas Cannon - is a zinester from Chicago. He made the six-issue zine Cheer the Eff Up, and contributed to several other compilations. He has also written a novel: The Greatest Most Traveling Circus. 

Celia C. Pérez - is the author of I Dreamed I was Assertive, Ofrenda and Sherman Sez (a Sherman Alexie fanzine). She’s also a mama, writer, librarian, zine-maker, thing-finder, book-sniffer, coffee-drinker, pie-eater, and kid lit reader. 

Will Eisner AwardsWill Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announcement

Join authors Gene Leun Yang and Phil Yeh, and graphic novel librarians who will discuss the history and importance of graphic novels in education and libraries. This will be followed by the presentation of the 2014 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants to the two winning libraries. PLUS: Learn how your library can apply for the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants.

Alf Seegert

Alf is a life-longlover of board games, video games, and role-playinggames. He grew up on gameslike Dark Tower, Dungeons & Dragons, Tunnels & Trolls,Talisman, and the Ultima series. Alf went on to code a version of Dark Tower into the high school mainframe computer and has since designed half a dozen-or-so board games themed on everything from trolls to the Canterbury Tales: Bridge Troll, Trollhalla, and three games so far with Gryphon Games  The Road to Canterbury, Fantastiqa, and most recently, a co-design with Steven Poelzing, CUBIST.

Stacy KingStacy King and Erik Ko – Manga

What makes a great graphic novel adaptation of a literary classic? In this panel, author Stacy King and editorial producer Erik Ko will discuss the process of adapting classic literature for the manga generation, with a focus on the first two titles in UDON Entertainment's upcoming "Manga Classics" line. Topics will include working with the artist to develop a period-appropriate art style with contemporary appeal, maintaining faithfulness to the original work, and finding the right adaptation to suit your core curriculum needs.

Frank CammusoFrank Cammuso

Someone stole Otto’s birthday! When Otto and his robot sidekick, Toot, follow the crook, they discover a topsy-turvy world where rats chase cats and people wear underpants over their clothes. To get his presents back, Otto needs to solve a slew of backwards puzzles — but his greatest challenge comes at the journey’s very end. On this special day, will Otto discover something even better than cake or gifts?

Frank Cammuso, who wrote and drew Otto’s adventure, is the author of the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table, a middle-school version of King Arthur and his knights. His forthcoming series is The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Village Voice and Slate.

Nick DragottaNick Dragotta

What happens when you take a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer? You get Howtoons. A Howtoon is an educational, entertaining, and beautifully illustrated adventure comic strip for kids that integrates instructions seamlessly into the story telling, teaching kids how to make toys and projects with everyday household objects. Introducing the science and engineering behind the projects, Howtoons encourage creative problem-solving skills, pushing kids to think beyond the information that is given and inspiring them to learn through experimentation.

Nick Dragotta is the acclaimed artist of East of West as well as Howtoons and will be presenting the Howtoons comics and one of the projects from its pages.

T-Publications - How Comics Can Increase Library Readership

Over the last ten years, more and more serious works of literature have been released as graphic novels.  Come and listen to UK comic book publisher Ryan O'Sullivan (T Pub) talk about how stocking "literary comics" gets more people of all ages reading in your library.  He will cover a range of topics, including: 

  • What genres / titles to stock to really bring in new readers.  
  • How comics can operate as a gateway into prose fiction and other traditional mediums.  
  • The difference between comics, manga and graphic novels.  
  • How book clubs are taking advantage of increased readership in comics.  
  • And how comics are more cost-effective than prose, in terms of circulation, when it comes to library lending.

Nathan HaleNathan Hale

Nathan Hale is the author/illustrator of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel pick. He is also the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge, as an Al Roker Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA Notable Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, as well as the recipient of three starred reviews. He is also illustrator of the picture book The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas.

For his new book in the series, Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A World War 1 Tale), Nathan has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative, and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little known secrets) of the infamous war.



Reading with PicturesComics That Make Kids Smarter- Gene Yang, Jim McClain, Tracy Edmunds, Josh Elder

With comics becoming more common in classrooms across the nation, how do we make sure those comics are actually good? Reading With Pictures presents an all-star lineup of creators and educators to share their insights in a roundtable moderated by Josh Elder (president, Reading With Pictures).

Anya UlinichAnya Ulinich

Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel evokes Louis C.K.’s sensibilities and Amy Winehouse’s longing and anguish—often in the same frame—as Ulinich turns her sharp eye toward the strange, sometimes unmooring world of “grown-up” dating. After 15 years of marriage, 37-year-old Lena embarks on a string of online dates and receives a brutally eye-opening education in love, sex, and loss while raising her two teenage daughters. With references to Bernard Malamud and Chekhov along the way, this is a smart, funny story told beautifully through Ulinich’s text and drawings.

Jesse MoynihanJesse Moynihan

Jesse Moynihan is an American artist, composer and director best known for being a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time as well as creator of the graphic novel Forming, serialized online and published by Nobrow. The second collection of Forming will be published in late May, 2014. He is working with his brother Justin on an animated series, Manly, that will be available exclusively through Cartoon Hangover.


Brian BuccelattoPanel: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul, Patrick Gleason, and Peter Tomasi

What does it take to create a new comic book? Find out at this amazing panel, where DC has assembled the entire creative team of a comic book, including the writer, penciller, and colorist! Learn how a new project is developed before the script is even written, and the many steps that happen after the artwork is complete, with the creative team behind Flash, Batman and Robin and Detective Comics – Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul, Patrick Gleason, and Peter Tomasi.

Brian Buccellato has worked on several high-profile books, including Uncanny X-Men, Generation X, and Astro City, before striking out on his own as a freelance colorist. His most recent work includes writing and coloring The Flash as a part of DC Comics--The New 52. Brian has worked as a freelance colorist since 1996, working for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Top Cow, Image and Dynamite Entertainment. His recent coloring credits include Adventure Comics, Hellblazer, Superman, and The Flash.

Francis ManapulFrancis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of The Flash, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, and The Legion of Super Heroes. His work has been published in various publications including Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due.



Peter TomasiFormerly an editor at DC Comics, Peter Tomasi proudly helped usher in new eras for Green Lantern, Batman, and JSA along with special projects like Kingdom Come and JSA All-Stars, Peter J. Tomasi now devotes his time to writing comics and screenplays. Having worked on many DC titles,  along with critically acclaimed creator-owned projects Light Brigade and The Mighty, Peter’s current projects include Batman and Robin and Green Lantern Corps.


Patrick GleasonPatrick Gleason loves to create fantastic characters and worlds. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be seen in DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, JLA, Hawkman and JSA. His ground-laying work alongside Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons on the miniseries Green Lantern Corps: Recharge made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. And now, as part of DC Comics New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision to the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin.

Cosmo EiselePathfinder Roleplaying - Cosmo Eisele and Pierce Watters

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is the number one fantasy roleplaying game in the world, and this presentation focuses on how to run the game in your library, concentrating on the Pathfinder Beginner Box. It is a tabletop fantasy game which teaches cooperative play, where players must work together to solve problems and achieve goals. 


Comic Book Legal Defense Team Panel - Presents Get Ready for Banned Books Week! 

Author Illustrator Panel-Raina Telgemeier, Tom Angleberger, Cece Bell

Tom Angleberger is a master chronicler and doodler of middle school antics. His New York Times bestselling series Origami Yoda has over  five million copies in print and will be coming to an end in the fall of 2014 with the sixth and final book. He is launching a new series in May titled The Qwikpick Papers.

Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover. Her new book out in the fall, El Deafo, is a funny, deeply honest graphic novel memoir for middle graders about growing up deaf.

Raina Telgemeier is the creator of the graphic memoir Smile, a #1 New York Times bestseller, winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and a Boston Globe-Hornbook Honor Book. She also created  Drama,  a #1 New York Times bestseller that received a Stonewall Book Award Honor and adapted and illustrated The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. Raina will be talking about the companion volume to Smile.


Dave RomanComics Bakery – Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Jerzy Drozd

A live performance graphic novel theater involving lots of audience participation and silliness. Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Jerzy Drozd (Cap’n Cat) will perform chapters from some of their latest comics.

Taina Telgemeier

Jerzy Drozd